Coaches The Best Hockey Coaches of All Time  

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The best hockey coaches of all time are the men who've led their NHL, Olympic or college hockey teams and done it the best. While many aspire to be a great professional hockey coach, only a select few will be remembered for being the elite. Much to the envy of the worst NHL coaches of all time, these are the best men ever to coach the sport of hockey.

Few experts or fans will disagree that the best hockey coach of all time is Scotty Bowman. With the most games coached, most games won, most Stanley Cup Playoff victories and the most Stanley Cup Championships during his 30 years coaching in the NHL, Scotty Bowman's numbers are simply leaps and bounds above any other competitor.

That's not to say that there are not dozens of other great hockey coaches. Others in the NHL who stand out include the likes of Toe Blake, Al Arbour, Dick Irvin, Glen Sather and Jack Adams, for whom the NHL Coach of the Year Award is named. In college hockey, Red Berenson, who has coached the Michigan Wolverines since 1984, is easily among the elite in the NCAA ranks as is Herb Brooks who made miracles happen with the US Men's Olympic Hockey Team in 1980.

Quite simply, these are the best men to ever stand behind the benches at hockey games and if they are not already, they are all deserving of being in the Hockey Hall of Fame. Which of these individuals stand out as the best hockey coaches in history to you? Vote for your favorite hockey coaches below!
list ordered by
1
769 148
Scotty Bowman is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Hockey Coaches of All Time
age 86
2
427 256
Joel Quenneville is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Hockey Coaches of All Time
3
378 196
Al Arbour is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Hockey Coaches of All Time
age 87
4
383 212
Mike Babcock is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Hockey Coaches of All Time
age 56
5
412 209
Herb Brooks is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Hockey Coaches of All Time
Dec. at 66 (1937-2003)
6
245 137
Pat Burns is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Hockey Coaches of All Time
Dec. at 58 (1952-2010)
7
215 96
Jack Adams is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Hockey Coaches of All Time
Dec. at 73 (1895-1968)
8
215 117
Barry Trotz is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Hockey Coaches of All Time
age 57
9
249 115
Toe Blake is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Hockey Coaches of All Time
Dec. at 83 (1912-1995)
10
211 130
Pat Quinn is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Hockey Coaches of All Time
age 76
11
192 111
Jacques Lemaire is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Hockey Coaches of All Time
12
198 140
Ken Hitchcock is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Hockey Coaches of All Time
age 68
13
148 114
Fred Shero is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Hockey Coaches of All Time
Dec. at 65 (1925-1990)
14
130 141
Claude Julien is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Hockey Coaches of All Time
age 59
15
159 128
Glen Sather is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Hockey Coaches of All Time
age 76
16
122 93
Roger Neilson is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Hockey Coaches of All Time
17
119 57
Art Ross is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Hockey Coaches of All Time
Dec. at 78 (1886-1964)
18
135 89
Punch Imlach is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Hockey Coaches of All Time
19
99 111
Lindy Ruff is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Hockey Coaches of All Time
age 59
20
105 74
Bob Johnson is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Hockey Coaches of All Time
Dec. at 60 (1931-1991)
21
94 83
Jacques Demers is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Hockey Coaches of All Time
22
94 53
Darryl Sutter is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Hockey Coaches of All Time
doctch added age 61
23
85 62
Peter Laviolette is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Hockey Coaches of All Time
24
102 82
Dick Irvin is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Hockey Coaches of All Time
Dec. at 65 (1892-1957)
25
111 120
Mike Keenan is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Hockey Coaches of All Time
age 70